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About Our Research

Practical Solutions to Common Problems

As Canada’s population grows and ages, demand for rehabilitation services is increasing. Our researchers are rising to this challenge.

We are developing new and more effective treatments and assistive devices and technologies to help people live as fully and independently as possible. We are also preventing injury by making streets, homes and workplaces safer and by heading off illness before it happens.

Our broad program of research involves:

  • developing treatments and technologies to prevent injury and illness and restore a person’s function to a high level
  • enhancing quality of life, participation and productivity
  • facilitating a quicker return to the community and work
  • modifying the environment to improve accessibility
  • developing technologies to allow people to remain safely in their own homes
  • assisting professional and family caregivers and reducing their injuries
  • increasing accessibility, effectiveness and efficiency of the health care system


Our research team has the skills and the will to make a difference. Our scientists are cross-appointed to our affiliate – the University of Toronto – and other leading academic institutions. Our research program is led by Dr. Milos Popovic, Institute Director.

We are home to one of world’s most technologically advanced rehabilitation research environments, the iDAPT Centre for Rehabilitation Research. This network of research facilities is truly transforming rehabilitation science.

Why Rehabilitation Research?

  • More than half of us will be touched by disability, either personally or through someone in our immediate family circle.
  • The number of people age 65 and older will double over the next 2 decades.
  • About 90% of those over age 65 have at least 1 chronic disease, and 80% have at least 2.
  • About 3 million Canadians voluntarily provide care to someone affected by disability or aging.

6 Fast Facts about Our Research

Commercialization: Open for Business

Our research program has close links with private industry. Our business-friendly approach, diverse skills and expertise and state-of-the-art design and prototyping facilities help to accelerate the movement of products into the marketplace. We are also creating jobs and wealth in our community by providing an important boost and competitive edge to the emerging assistive devices sector in Ontario and across Canada.

Our History

Our research program was launched in 2001 with a grant from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and a unique mandate from the Government of Ontario to build capacity for rehabilitation research in the province and advance rehabilitation knowledge and practice through research.


For the 2011-2012 year, our funding came from:

Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care: $3,000,000

Toronto Rehab Foundation: $1,100,000

External Research Grants: $7,067,711

Total: $11,167,711

We are grateful to the agencies and organizations that provide us with vital support and to the PDF icon imagegenerous individuals who donate through the Toronto Rehab Foundation.


For more information about our research, contact:

Lois Ward, AOS (NY)
Manager, Research Operations
Phone: 416 597 3422 ext. 7600